News Archive



09 Feb, 2012

Mary Ungs-Sogaard, Publisher of the Dyersville Commercial and Cascade Pioneer, and General Manager of the Eastern Iowa Shopping News, was named Master Editor-Publisher by the Iowa Newspaper Association at its annual convention in Des Moines on Friday, February 3. The Master Editor-Publisher Award is the association’s most prestigious award.


Mary came to WCI in November, 2001, as the Classified Manager of the Telegraph Herald. In the fall of 2002, Mary was named Publisher of the Dyersville Commercial and Cascade Pioneer, and Eastern Iowa Shopping News’ General Manager. During her time as Publisher, Mary has overseen the redesign of the two newspapers, as well as the launch of their corresponding web sites.


Mary is a graduate of the University of Iowa’s Journalism and English programs, and has over thirty years of experience in working with management, publishing and newspapers. Mary is active with the Dyersville Area Community Foundation, serving the past two years as Chairperson, and is a member of various area organizations. In 2010, Mary was elected President of the Iowa Newspaper Association’s Board of Directors, and served as Past President in 2011.


Mary first worked with INA in 1982 as Advertising Manager of the Dyersville Commercial, when newly-hired INA Director, Bill Monroe, visited her at the paper. She continued her involvement with the association when she returned to the Dyersville and Cascade locations in 2002 under Woodward Communications, Inc. and was then asked to join the board. Since then, she has served on the INA Services Company, and in each of the officer positions on the INA Board, as well as on various committees, including Strategic Planning for the future of INA and C.N.A.


Other WCI employee owners who have been awarded Master Editor-Publisher include Tom Yunt, WCI President and CEO (2002), and Brian Cooper, Telegraph Herald Executive Editor (2009).


Congratulations, Mary!

02 Feb, 2012

The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association on January 25 elected WCI’s Kelly Radandt, national sales manager for Woodward Radio Group and local sales manager for WAPL-WZOR-WXMM in Appleton-Green Bay, as the WBA Vice Chair (Radio).


Kelly, who joined the WBA Board in 2008, has served as Secretary of the Executive Committee (2010) and Treasurer (2011). Kelly will become Chair-Elect in 2013, Chair of the WBA Board in 2014, and Immediate Past Chair in 2015.


She will become only the third woman to serve as Chair of the WBA Board. (The first was Susan Knaack, then WCI Vice President-Broadcast.)


In addition, Kelly has been appointed to the WBA Foundation Board.


Kelly joined WCI in May 1989 as a WAPL account executive. She was promoted to WAPL local sales manager in 1996 and is currently the national sales manager for Woodward Radio Group and local sales manager for WAPL-WZOR-WXMM. She is Past-Chair of the WCI Employee Owner Communications Committee (EOCC) and has played an active and instrumental role in the current company-wide Rev-It-Up initiative.


Congratulations, Kelly!